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Aviation Foundations

This program is pending approval for FY24



The Aviation Foundations program focuses on principles, fundamentals, and technical procedures in the subject matter areas common to both the aircraft airframe and powerplant ratings. Students will learn mathematics, aircraft drawings, weight and balance, aircraft materials, processes and tools, physics, electricity, inspection, ground operations, and FAA regulations governing the certification and work of maintenance technicians. In addition, students will learn the standards and prepare for the Drone Pilot exam (FAA Remote Pilot). This program is open to secondary students only (juniors/seniors).



Applicants must complete a SouthernTech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the SouthernTech campus and online by visiting our Student Portal (please create an account prior to showing interest or applying by clicking the blue Sign In button). Enrollment for this career program is open to in-district High Schools (juniors/seniors).


Financial Aid and Scholarships

This program is not yet approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships may be available.



Courses (525 hours)

  • Safety, Ground Operations, and Servicing
  • Hand Tools, Measuring Devices, Weight and Balance
  • Mathematics and Physics for Aviation
  • Maintenance and Inspection Regulations, and Drawings
  • Fundamentals of AC and DC Electricity
  • Fluid Lines, Fittings, Cleaning, and Corrosion Control
  • Materials, Hardware, and Processes
  • Remote Piloting

Estimated time to complete: 10 months



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Jerome Kuntz
Aviation Foundations Instructor

Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials

FAA Remote Pilot (Unmanned Aircraft General – Small (UAG))

Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.